A Crash Course on the Bigfoot of Boggy Creek

If you’re as into ‘ol squatchy as much as the Monster Men, here’s a little primer on one of the most famous Bigfoot cases in America.

Hunter Shea

Admittedly, I’m a crypto nut. My father bought me a hardcover book on monsters when I was a kid and I’ve been hooked ever since.  I remember it had some green, muppet-y looking creature on the cover. I wonder where it went.

For folks my age (I was born around the time the Jets won the Super Bowl), there is a pivotal movie that hooked our fascination with Bigfoot. That film, a drive-in flick that took the country by storm, was The Legend of Boggy Creek. The movie was shot like a documentary and recalls the tale of the Fouke Monsterand how it terrorized a town in Arkansas in 1971. Production was cheap, actual townies were used to re-enact events and the pacing was, well, ponderous at times.

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With everything going against it, The Legend of Boggy Creek succeeded in terrifying audiences, first in theaters, then on home video…

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